Besides the beautiful beaches, picturesque landscapes, and fun-loving culture, one of my favorite things about Tenerife is the coffee…specifically the barraquitos. These little, delicious drinks are a Canarian specialty. I’m embarrassed to admit, but I consumed more barraquitos than I could count during my recent visit to Spain – maybe even more than 30. Eek! I just couldn’t resist. (I hope you enjoy my delicious barraquito pictures!)
These drinks usually consist of a few ingredients: milk, condensed milk, ground cinnamon, licor (optional – I prefer mine without licor), coffee (preferably espresso), and a small piece of lemon peel for garnish and added flavor. Every restaurant puts their own spin on how they make their barraquitos; some include whipped cream, others have chocolate dripped over the top, others add extra sugar. Sometimes, you’ll even see these little drinks served with a churro or graham cracker.
Barraquitos not only represent the detail and craftsmanship that is put into making the perfect little drink, but they also show the importance of social interaction and togetherness in the Spanish culture. Socializing is a huge part of the Canarian culture and can be seen throughout the island of Tenerife. The island people are always spending time together, and stopping at a restaurant to have a barraquito is a common practice.
The cost is another great part about these beverages. During my trip, barraquitos ranged in price from €0.80 to €2.50, making them not only delicious, but really inexpensive, which definitely contributes to the addictive nature of these little coffee delicacies. Unfortunately, now that I’ve been introduced to barraquitos, Starbucks just isn’t quite the same anymore.